So I spent the better part of August learning what I had to do to get my book published. You would think that writing the book was the biggest challenge but no. There are so many additional steps and being unfamiliar with the process it slowed me down. I was determined so read everything I could find on getting a book published. First there was finding beta readers to give their impressions and suggestions on the first draft of the book. Then a second round of edits were made based on their invaluable input. Then there's finding an editor to go over the beta read final draft. Once that was complete, there was the book cover. I should mention that Journey Home is not a picture book, otherwise I would have had to hire an illustrator. I learned that there is an expected book cover look (font and image) for each genre. Once I had my cover and the final draft, I made the decision to go the easy route of self-publishing using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I have to say that it was pretty easy. I uploaded the book and created the Kindle version first and shortly afterwards worked on formatting the paperback book. Next, I had to put together a short description for the book's webpage that would grab the reader's interest.
While all of this was going on I also created my author webpage as well as a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Whew!
It was time to hit the Publish button. There it was, my book Journey Home was published. Now to sit back and watch the sales come in. NOPE!
Nothing really worth having comes quickly and easily. If it did, I doubt that we would ever grow. ~ Eknath Easwaran
There is also a lot of work involved in promoting and selling the book. This is where my family and friends came in. Using social media, I promoted the book and I also used KDP select which puts the book up for sale across the world and allows for free promotions with the Kindle version. Through the the word of mouth of my family and friends I had sales. Now for the next step, REVIEWS! These were harder to get than sales. After all the work I only got nine reviews. Not what I was hoping for. Though they were all 5 star reviews, I wasn't getting people to review the book! I did get more sales but no additional reviews.
Onto the next phase. Trying to get more sales and reviews on Journey Home while I'm editing the sequel, Friendship Moon. Oh yeah, while also trying to keep my spirits up. It felt great that readers were enjoying the book, but I needed to find a way to reach more people. Still haven't figured it out and it was weighing me down. I immersed myself into editing Friendship Moon so I wouldn't have time for any negative thoughts.
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
What kept me going forward was my family. My wife, and my sons and their families. Especially my grandsons. Dean, soon to be two years old and who loves to be read to, and Andrew, the newborn with the soulful eyes. I focus my love and attention on them and their love and encouragement re-energizes me.
I continue to pray asking for the lord god almighty's intercession. I ask for health, strength, and protection and I give love and gratitude for all the blessing I have received, seen, unseen, unknown and unknown.
Happy Birthday, Bryan!
Onward to October.